Dutch Oven Cookoff - Big Springs 10/23/21

1st Annual Dutch Oven Cookoff!! Great place to cook dutch oven meals whether in the grills at the pavilions or up the trail at a firepit. Play games or hammock in the park or go on short hikes.

Directions: Big Springs Hollow upper parking-lot. There are 3 Pavilions with standing grills available for reservations online or head up the trail north of the upper parking lot for simple fire rings.


Dutch Oven Cookoff - Fill chimney 1/2-3/4 full easy-light briquettes, place paper towel under chimney and light. Briquettes should light and wait until briquettes are becoming white. Place amount under dutch oven. Put in food for cooking. Set on lid and place additional briquettes on top. Cook. Serve.

Gear: Dutch oven, leather glove, lighter, chimney, paper towel, easy-light briquettes, food for cooking, lawn games


3:30 pm - Big Springs Hollow Park - begin cooking/play/hike

5:30 pm - Dinner

(Recipes Below)


Main Dishes - Baked Chicken, Brisket Chili, Calico Beans, Chili Mac, Mt Mamas Breakfast, Taco Pie

Dutch Oven Baked Chicken (Brenda Layton)

Chicken legs

Olive oil

Onion chopped

Take pre-seasoned chicken legs at Costco.

Sautéed them in a little olive oil and onion and baked in the Dutch Oven until done -

about 60 min.

Brisket Chili (Suzy Sample )

*For the dutch oven activity we brought all the meats precooked*

*We buy our smoked salt at Alpine Food storage in Highland*

1lb smoked brisket 1lb smoked ground beef 0.25lb bacon chopped 1 green or red bell pepper diced 1 large onion diced 2 cans kidney beans 4.5 oz canned green chilies 28 oz can crushed tomato 12 oz can tomato paste 2 cans beef broth 1TBS minced garlic 1.5 TBS chili powder 0.5 TBS chipotle powder 1 tsp dried mustard 0.5 TBS smoked paprika (or crushed red pepper if you're feeling super spicy) 1.5 TBS cumin 1 TBS dried oregano 2 tsp smoked salt (or boring regular salt) 0.75 tsp black pepper Heat a bit of olive oil in the dutch oven and saute onions, bell pepper, garlic and

seasonings. Dump in the precooked meat and stir for a bit longer. Dump all the canned

ingredients and stir it well. Let it all simmer for an hour or 2 before serving. We like to

add shredded cheddar cheese and diced green onion. Also great with cilantro and sour

cream. Calico Beans Dutch Oven Recipe (Erica Splattstoesser) Use a 12" Deep oven1 lb bacon 1 lb ground beef 1 lb sausage (optional, if wanted spicier use chorizo) 1/2 chopped red onion 1 each chopped red, green and orange bell pepper 1 chopped anaheim pepper (optional if wanted spicier) 1 large can of pork and beans 2 cans garbanzo beans 4 cans kidney beans -various colors 2 cans green lima beans 1 can black beans 1 can diced, fire roasted tomatoes 1-2 c brown sugar 1 c ketchup 1/2 c mustard 1 T vinegar 1 t salt Brown each type of meat byself before draining and setting aside to re-add back in

later. Start with bacon, then hamb